On-loan Spurs defender Khumalo in debut Colchester United win

Tottenham's South African international played his part in a vital match at the foot of League One.

Bongani Khumalo played his role in an essential relegation six-pointer on his debut on loan at Colchester United this week.

The defender signed for the rest of the season, and helped his side to a 2-0 home win over Yeovil Town in League One.

Khumalo's time at Spurs has been a strange one, with the centre back arriving in 2011 for £1.7 million after an impressive World Cup where he scored against France, only to make a series of loan moves that have seemed to fail to get him any nearer to the Tottenham first team.

Despite this being his fifth year at White Hart Lane, Khumalo has still failed to appear in a competitive match. He did impress in a recent reserve game against Manchester United, helping keep Radamel Falcao off the scoresheet.

The 28-year-old's loan to Colchester is his fifth away from the club, and with the U's struggling in 23rd position in League One and five points from safety, this represents the lowest level Khumalo has played at.

Loans to Preston, Reading, PAOK and Doncaster didn't work out, and Khumalo has already been relegated twice with those clubs, having been at Preston and Doncaster last season when they were demoted from the Championship.

With his contract set to expire in the summer, it is likely Khumalo will be on his way, unless he can inspire an amazing escape at Colchester United.

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